Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What I Did to Stimulate the Economy Today: March 11, 2009

I wasn't a big spender today but did my part in stimulating the economy:
  • Fuel for the Car
  • Vending Machine Run (and the beverage machine took my money but the drink didn't drop!)
  • Weekly Veggie Farm Share
And how about you? How did you stimulate the economy?

Planning Alaska Travel for My 40th

I’ve started the early planning stages of my Alaska travel for my 40th birthday next year. My ultimate goal is to see the Northern Lights which means I’ll be celebrating earlier than May Day if all goes to plan (February and March are the ideal times, and I’ll be able to get extra miles from the UGGs!). Now don’t think I got on the Gov. Sarah Palin bandwagon (I know at one point she was assisting with the travel Alaska campaign) with my interest in visiting the Last Frontier State. Last year was the “travel Alaska” summer for my circle because it seemed as though every other person had visited the 49th state whether on a cruise or land tour.

And because just about everyone else has gone, it’s my turn join the “travel Alaska” bandwagon but do something different. Winter might not happen, it’s VERY cold that time of year, so, I've been tooling around the website of my new friends, Alaska Denali Tours, who offer spring, summer, and fall Alaska travel packages.

I’d love to visit Denali National Park (okay, it’s Denali Park to those of you in the know) to see the “big five” – caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, moose, and wolves, in addition to the spectacular scenery. Would also like to see overwhelmingly huge glaciers, tall mountain peaks, and endless sky along with small, authentic towns where moose make the traffic rules, like “Northern Exposure.” Am pretty sure I could find an Alaska travel package offering just that and Alaska Denali Tours may just do that. Stay tuned as I figure out exactly what I want to do.

Worden Farm: Weeks 14 & 15, 2009 Farm Share: What the Heck is it this Time?

Once again I'm impressed with with the selection, quality, and quantity of veggies in my weekly farm share box from Worden Farm in Punta Gorda, Fla. I realize I didn't post a photo from last week but here's a shot of something I picked up and said, "What the heck?"

I should know without looking at the newsletter enclosed in the box. I ate enough of it during my stay in Japan.

It's daikon and other than tossing it into stir fry, I'm at a loss as to what else I can do with it. Maybe tempura night. Also had a head of the yoda vegetable in this week's share (romanesco).

For tonight's dinner it was sauteed dandelion leaves topped with shredded cheese and walnuts along with steamed green beans. Now if I could get myself motivated for the gym, I'd be all set...